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Goldfinger
09-29-2011, 01:35 PM
Iíve been enjoying reading some of the posts on here and seeing what people are doing with their cars, so I thought Iíd share some preview pictures of mine. Iíll post more pictures during the installation and afterwards when the car is done.

My car when I had just picked it up:
http://img28.imageshack.us/img28/4404/img00460201108291828.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/28/img00460201108291828.jpg/)

New BBS CS4 wheels in anthracite finish waiting to go on:
http://img99.imageshack.us/img99/7263/img00488201109281143.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/99/img00488201109281143.jpg/)

Bilstein coilover kit is on its way, should be here next week:
http://img9.imageshack.us/img9/2627/47155770.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/9/47155770.jpg/)

X-Ost Maranello exhaust, first piece made for the US model 500 (this is a picture from their website, EU version):

http://img842.imageshack.us/img842/3494/sn206065.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/842/sn206065.jpg/)

Also doing a Corsatec software flash, and possibly a body kit, but I canít decide about that. I have to thank the guys at Italian Tuning Group for ordering all my parts and arranging for the software. Iíve dealt with them for a lot of my other cars and I wouldnít go anywhere else.

Fiat500USA
10-02-2011, 08:16 PM
I’ve been enjoying reading some of the posts on here and seeing what people are doing with their cars, so I thought I’d share some preview pictures of mine. I’ll post more pictures during the installation and afterwards when the car is done.

My car when I had just picked it up:
http://img28.imageshack.us/img28/4404/img00460201108291828.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/28/img00460201108291828.jpg/)

New BBS CS4 wheels in anthracite finish waiting to go on:
http://img99.imageshack.us/img99/7263/img00488201109281143.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/99/img00488201109281143.jpg/)

Bilstein coilover kit is on its way, should be here next week:
http://img9.imageshack.us/img9/2627/47155770.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/9/47155770.jpg/)

X-Ost Maranello exhaust, first piece made for the US model 500 (this is a picture from their website, EU version):

http://img842.imageshack.us/img842/3494/sn206065.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/842/sn206065.jpg/)

Also doing a Corsatec software flash, and possibly a body kit, but I can’t decide about that. I have to thank the guys at Italian Tuning Group for ordering all my parts and arranging for the software. I’ve dealt with them for a lot of my other cars and I wouldn’t go anywhere else.

Can't wait to see it all together!

fiat for life
10-07-2011, 10:58 AM
Bilstein colivers ...DROOOOL. Post some pics when done as well as any impressions you have.

SeaDawg
10-07-2011, 11:37 AM
Bilstein colivers ...DROOOOL. Post some pics when done as well as any impressions you have.

Allow me to say I know absolutely nothing about suspension modifications to European small cars, or American small cars either for that matter. Which is the preferred, ie. best result modification; doing the Elbach spring kit to lower the car somewhat (Pro Kit) or the coil over kit listed here? It looks like the Bilstein kit replaces a lot more 'stuff' than the Elbach spring kit does. I would suspect the Bilstein kit would cost considerably more than the replacement spring kit.

Abarthlyness
10-07-2011, 12:23 PM
Allow me to say I know absolutely nothing about suspension modifications to European small cars, or American small cars either for that matter. Which is the preferred, ie. best result modification; doing the Elbach spring kit to lower the car somewhat (Pro Kit) or the coil over kit listed here? It looks like the Bilstein kit replaces a lot more 'stuff' than the Elbach spring kit does. I would suspect the Bilstein kit would cost considerably more than the replacement spring kit.

Speaking in very general terms, as I've never modified a 500, but the Pro Kit is just a set of springs. This should lower the car a modest amount, and slightly bump the spring rate. So, handling "should" be improved, as will the overall look of the car. A well designed spring kit should be able to do those things without compromising much in the way of ride harshness.

Coilovers are usually meant more for the hard core enthusiast. they are generally MUCH more expensive, because you are basically replacing all strut assembly components with new, redesigned peices. You have a ton of adjustability, as far as height and strut damping (compression, and rebound, sometimes seperately, depending on the kit). Coilovers are mostly meant to take a spring kit two steps further towards a better handling (and looking) car.

When going with coilovers, it is usually possible to get different spring rates, as the size of coilover springs are universal.

Maybe this helps... maybe you didn't want any of this info... lol...

Can't wait to see pics of the above car once all of these parts are installed.

phattbam
10-07-2011, 09:55 PM
that should look pretty nice.. can't wait to see results.

SeaDawg
10-08-2011, 01:05 AM
Maybe this helps... maybe you didn't want any of this info... lol...



Helped immensely. Based on your information plus the feedback from GotFiat about the result of the installation of the Pro Kit springs, I think I'll just leave my suspension alone and focus on comfort items like ceramic tint, aftermarket leather seats, etc..

fiat for life
10-08-2011, 04:19 PM
Ive got coils on my other car and Ive had about 4 different suspension setups. Knowing what I know now. Ill only ever go with coilovers if I plan on suspension mods. You can choose spring rates so it can ride like stock. My only qualm would be that on shorter wheelbase cars they have a tendency to ride pretty rough when lowered with stiffer suspensions. Again that can be taken care of with different spring rates. Also you have to take into account that coilovers are more expensive but you can also do ALOT more with them.

txdesign
10-09-2011, 08:34 PM
When you are done it should look like this, maybe even a bit lower.

txdesign
10-10-2011, 09:34 PM
[QUOTE=My only qualm would be that on shorter wheelbase cars they have a tendency to ride pretty rough when lowered with stiffer suspensions. Again that can be taken care of with different spring rates. Also you have to take into account that coilovers are more expensive but you can also do ALOT more with them.[/QUOTE]

Both my Minis had progressive springs (about 3/4" lowering) with Koni FSD shocks and the ride was better than stock. Dumping the runflats also helped but I don't think the 500 has runflats. I'll be looking for something similar if I buy a 500.

Abarthlyness
10-11-2011, 01:29 PM
Helped immensely. Based on your information plus the feedback from GotFiat about the result of the installation of the Pro Kit springs, I think I'll just leave my suspension alone and focus on comfort items like ceramic tint, aftermarket leather seats, etc..

I'm glad :)

I have to say, I'll most likely just be adding some power mods here and there. I intend to keep the suspension stock for the short, to mid-term. Coming from an insanely stiffly sprung, coil-over equipped SRT-4, I will enjoy the "cushy" ride for a long time.

Goldfinger
10-20-2011, 05:34 PM
Going a different route, so if anyone is interested in a BNIB set of 17" BBS wheels for their FIAT let me know.

Goldfinger
10-21-2011, 10:35 PM
Going a different route, so if anyone is interested in a BNIB set of 17" BBS wheels for their FIAT let me know.

Here is the FS link:
http://www.fiat500usaforum.com/showthread.php?4105-BNIB-17-quot-BBS-Wheels-for-a-FIAT-500